Archive for November 2015

The unknown French startup whose clients are Ebay US, Expedia, Dailymotion !

France was the amongst the top 5 most represented country at the Web Summit in Dublin. Going around, I got to meet Adrien Menard, CEO & cofounder of Botify. Not only does Adrien have the same surname as me (without the “s” but still), but he also studied at ESSCA French Business school! Launched in […]

Web Summit 2015: 10 things you need to know!

Web Summit 2015: 10 things you need to know!

The Web Summit, also called “the Davos of geeks” (Bloomberg) welcomed 42000 people from 134 countries, 2141 startups, 1000 investors, 1231 journalists, almost 200,000 tweets and of course, a dozen sheep! 1)  2015 changes, learning from 5 years Web Summit 650+ meetings during mentor hours for investors to advise startups on their challenges Startup University: […] co-founder Marc Rougier joins Elaia Partners to lead new €120 Million Seed Fund co-founder Marc Rougier joins Elaia Partners to lead new €120 Million Seed Fund

Elaia Partners has recruited cofounder Marc Rougier to lead up seed investments via their next Seed Fund, which is expected to reach €120 Million, according to Frenchweb. Prior to cofounding, one of Toulouse’s most prominent startups, Rougier co-founded Goojet, a predecessor to that counts SIGFOX co-founder & CEO Ludovic Le Moan among […]

Connected home startup Netatmo raises €30 Million from LeGrand

Netatmo has raised €30 Million, led by Industrial company & electric installation leader LeGrand, in order to expand its connected home products to bigger audiences. Netatmo has swept CES and the US market in the past few years, most recently launching a home camera which [finally] “gets facial recognition right” (source: ArsTechnica). The latest round […]

Flashgap: the "Hangover"-inspired app that helps you remember your fun, hazy nights!

If you have ever watched The Hangover, you know that the ending credits, where you finally see the pictures of the wild forgotten night the guys had in Vegas, is the cherry on top of the entire movie. Last time you might have experienced a similar feeling was probably when, way back in the days, […]

Web Summit Day One: virtual empathy, sexist data crisis & #strenghties

The following article is a guest post by Susie Hughes, Vice President of Allison+Partners, and Kate Lynch, Director at Allison+Partners. In Mike Krieger of Instagram’s keynote talk yesterday at Web Summit, he said Instagram’s mantra is “Simple things first.” It’s clear that the Web Summit team has taken the same approach over the past six years, […]

Owl Perception launches VRTUOZ, the first multi-platform application for virtual reality

Owl Perception, a French company specialized in virtual reality and 360° video, just launched VRTUOZ, the first multi-platforms and multi-headsets VR application focusing on the VR social experience. VRTUOZ aims to make content and live events on the internet more user-friendly transforming the way users engage online with VR technology. This objective is stressed in […]

Two years later: What ever happened to Mindie?

It’s a story we’ve all heard time & time again: European founders launch ambitious consumer-facing product. They get great early traction by Silicon Valley standards, but can’t get European investors to play ball. They board a plane with their dreams stored in the overhead compartment, land in San Francisco, and the cash comes pouring in. […]

#FoodTech startup ZenChef (formerly 1001Menus) raises €6 Million to bring 25,000 restaurants online by 2018

Paris-based #FoodTech startup ZenChef has raised €6 Million from key investors, the company announced today. The news, which comes while ZenChef is in the middle of TechStar’s German-based Metro program, will see them add Metro AG, Germany’s largest retail chain, & Edenred, pioneers in the “restaurant check” space, both of which should provide ZenChef with […]

A global, dream team workforce that doesn't cost a cent

Fans of Elon Musk know that in addition to his primary projects of Tesla and SpaceX, the seemingly tireless Musk has also espoused the construction of a hyperloop. The hyperloop is a vacuum-like transportation pod that if successful, could whisk passengers from say, San Francisco to Los Angeles in just over half an hour. Pretty […]